We are thrilled to announce our third nominee for the 2017 Make a STATEment Award program, celebrating New Mexicans who are heroes in our community. These individuals strive to make life better in New Mexico by building a better future.
Linda Corriz-Barreras is the owner of Albuquerque’s Forever Yours Bridal and Formal Wear. She is also a retired lieutenant from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and was the undersheriff in the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department for a period of 25 years. While her retail business is a shift in focus from her previous career, her commitment to serving the public is still very much intact. For instance, Linda has donated merchandise to Rio Grande High for prom and homecoming to the tune of $30,000. She also has donated 300 tuxedos, shirts, and more for the marching band and performance arts. She also donates toys, food, holiday trees, and decorations during the holidays to those in need. In the past year alone, she has donated the equivalent of over $92,000 to people in the community to enhance their special moments.
“So many children are placed in environments and situations that are not of their making. Giving of my time and finances allows me to possibly change the direction and thinking of children and families. My hope is that children and families can feel a sense of belonging and love. Also, it allows me the opportunity to show my children and grandchildren how to be caring and loving toward others,” explains Linda. She also notes that her actions have strengthened her belief that giving toward others is the best gift to a person in need. Her hope is that recipients of her giving will remember her kindness and in the future be able to give back to the community in some way. “I am so honored to be recognized by State Employees Credit Union. I never thought of myself as a candidate for such a reward because I just love helping people.”